I just finished reading the story, and sat trying to compose my thoughts, when you read a book this good you have a lot of thoughts wandering around as you reconsider different aspects of the plot. This book had that much impact.
First off, while it's a hot steamy romance, it's a lot more. There was mystery, and intrigue, so interwoven that calling it a mere romance is selling it short. The author skillfully combined all the different facets as she developed the plot. I guessed what was going on, but even then the action was so well aimed, and so surgically precise it kept me unable to put the book down for hours at a time.
The action kept happening, what seemed like unconnected tidbits would make sense as necessary events in the larger story. The author was able to put all the facts together to make the suspense work without being dry in the process. It all allowed the characters to come alive and be flushed out, I didn't see any one dimensional fill in characters used to prop up the storyline, they all worked together to move the story along nicely.
There was a bit of adult entertainment mentioned along the way, that was the only reason I might hesitate to gift this book to several people this Christmas. The rest of it was truly a great read that helped me escape reality for hours at a time. I am looking forward to the release of 'The Game' which is coming soon.
For those that like a bit of spice, this book is one I'd recommend in a heartbeat.